An unusual hue for goddess eyes. With the habitually random intervention of a god, Athena appears before Achilles to tell him to cool his fury towards Agamemnon, assuring him he has her protection and that of Hera. 

The gods are anything but impartial in human affairs and their favouritism is often as fickle as a fox, but still worth having them on your side from time to time. 

 

‘Then in answer the goddess grey-eyed Athena spoke to  him:

‘I have come down to stay your anger – but will you obey me?…”

 

See another version of a goddess showing up in Achilles’ life, this time his mother Thetis, in Christopher Logue’s War Music, a concentrated and creative rendition of several books of the Iliad.

 

Source: Homer, The Iliad of Homer, trans. Richmond Lattimore (Chicago: Chicago UP, 1961 (1951)), book I, p. 64

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